Friday, October 26, 2007

The Keep - Hard vs. Paper

The Keep novel:
Design by John Gall? "In Jennifer Egan's deliciously creepy new novel, two cousins reunite twenty years after a childhood prank gone wrong changed their lives and sent them on their separate ways. "Cousin Howie," the formerly uncool, strange, and pasty ("he looked like a guy the sun wouldn't touch") cousin has become a blond, tan, and married millionaire with a generous spirit. He invites his cousin Danny (who as an insecure teenager left him hurt and helpless in a cave for three days) to help him renovate an old castle in Germany. To reveal too much would ruin the story, just know that The Keep is a wonderfully weird read--a touch experimental in terms of narrative, with a hefty dose of gothic tension and mystery--balanced by an intimate and mesmerizing look at how the past haunts us in different ways. --Daphne Durham

The Emperor's Children:
Designed by Carol Divine Carson?
The Keep uses a painted image, while Emperor's Children uses a photo of a luxury building taken from Central Park. The New Yorker says, "a witty examination of New York's chattering classes."

The Keep, Awesome 80's Horror Poster:
A 1983 movie that has nothing to do with any of these shenanigans:
IMDB: "Nazis guard a citadel that harbors a dangerous force that starts wreaking havoc and death upon them, forcing an uneasy alliance with a Jewish professional who can stop it."

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